Minimal in the Heat

August 10

High waist Hollister lace trim shortsWhite wrap bodysuit and dramatic cat eyeWhite bodysuit minimal summer outfitHollister high waist frayed festival shortsGold stud strap rockstud sandals and Hollister high waist lace shortsWhite bodysuit summer outfit inspiration

Top: (it’s actually a bodysuit), similar here for $14 // Shorts: Hollister // Necklace: F21 (old), similar here ($14) // Purse: gifted, similar here ($39) // Sandals: Romwe // Sunglasses: F21 (don’t they look like Karen Walkers? Here is a tortoiseshell version) // Lip color: Maybelline in ‘Nude Flush’

As much as I love wearing pretty dresses and doing my makeup for blog posts, I have to be real and admit that I have to dress pretty minimally in the Texas heat. Yesterday’s temperature was a toasty 103° Fahrenheit, so any makeup other than a cat eye was out of the question. To compensate, I drew the cat eye extra wide and topped it off with a pair of oversized cat eye sunglasses.

(I was actually afraid that my camera would melt while I took these pictures: I had to duck into the shade to let the lens cool off. Yikes!).

Taking pictures in the heat also means that the “dewiness” you see in these photos is basically all sweat (barely contained). I also wanted to give a shout out to this peach-pink matte lipstick that valiantly struggled to keep its grip on my lips in the heat. And an honorable mention to these well-ventilated high-waisted shorts, which give me waist definition while letting my legs breathe. Now, hand me a bottle of water–I’m already parched looking at these pictures!

Wearing Shower Curtains

August 4

Shein embroidered off the shoulder white eyelet dressWhite eyelet ruffle off the shoulder dressWhite eyelet ruffled off the shoulder dress

I was in love with off-the-shoulder dresses and tops until a friend ruined the trend for me. He told me, “They look like hospital gowns or shower curtains hanging off your chest.” From that moment, I couldn’t look at off-the-shoulder dresses the same way. It didn’t help that everyone seems to gravitate towards off-the-shoulder dresses that are the exact color and shape of hospital gowns!

I wanted to flaunt my shoulders without losing the shape of my body under layers of fabric, so I finally settled on this white eyelet version. Not only does it boast a slim bodice, but the ruffles are at the bottom, not the top, to balance out the silhouette. The sleeves also flare out in a bell shape, making your arms look slimmer in comparison. I think this tapered version of the off-the-shoulder dress shows off your body better, ironically, than a billowing mass.

White Mountain jeweled sandalsPorcelain white and blue flower necklace and off the shoulder white eyelet dressWhite and blue flower porcelain necklace

Dress: Shein ($34.99, I ordered the small) // Necklace: Mango, similar here // Sandals: White Mountain ($47) // Bag: Madewell, similar here from F21 // Bracelets: F21 ($6.90)


July 28
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Chicwish garden embroidered organza dress and Jack Rogers wedgesChicwish floral organza embroidered dressChicwish garden embroidered organza dress and gray quilted crossbodyChicwish garden embroidered organza dress and gray quilted box crossbody

Dress: Chicwish (I bought a size L so the waist would hit at my natural waist, and then I had the sides taken in) // Bag: BCBG, similar here ($30) // Sandals: Jack Rogers, metallic version here or natural cork colors here// Lip color: ‘Coral Blossom‘ //

Chicwish beige organza embroidered dressNYC High line overlooking the street

Since coming to New York, I’ve actually spent a lot more time in parks and gardens than I ever did. Doesn’t that sound counterintuitive, since New York is known as the concrete jungle? But I think it’s because New York has such a reputation for being grimy and claustrophobic that New Yorkers seek out greenery much more frequently.

These pictures were taken on the lovely Highline, which used to be an elevated train track cutting through the city. Now it’s been converted to a garden high above the street. You can see some industrial elements left over, like in the last picture where the railing overlooks the avenue below. However, most of the tracks are now lush gardens teeming with florals—a perfect match for the florals on my embroidered dress!

Photography credit: Devon M.

Summer Whites and Darks

July 26
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White ripped jeans and purple snakeskin bagWhite jeans summer outfit ideaWhite jeans and floral ruffle tankFloral ruffle tank and white jeans summer outfit

When summer hits, the light colors come out to play: whites, pastels, and florals. What’s really unexpected though, is pairing those whites with some darker textures and shades: wine-red lipstick and purple snakeskin.

Also, I’m so glad that I found a fellow fashionista and future blogger to take photos with! Devon helped me photograph this outfit in the West Village in front of some quaint shops and townhouses. I can’t wait until she launches her blog so you can get an eye of her style (she used to be a model, so taking pictures with her was quite intimidating!)

Rimmel Bordeaux lipstickAnn Taylor patent bow nude pumps

Top: Target, similar here // Jeans: Hollister // Lipstick: “Bordeaux” // Shoes: Ann Taylor // Necklace: F21, similar here from Charter Club // Bag: Marshall’s, similar here


July 21

Tiered ruffle black skirt and Ann Taylor bow patent heelsBlack tiered ruffle skirt and bow heelsBlack tier ruffle skirt and bow patent Ann Taylor heels

As serious as law school is sometimes, what surprised me the most was how many social events there were. It seemed like every week there were happy hours, cocktail receptions, and parties to attend.

When I’m going to a party for the second time in a week, my tried-and-true cocktail dresses seem so repetitive. That’s why I’ve been known to change it up, with a bobble-ponytail (created with evenly-spaced hair ties and hair extensions), a two-piece instead of a dress, and some sleek jewelry and bow pumps to tone down the ensemble so I don’t look too crazy.

Bobble pony hair style

Top: Zara, exact copy here from Mango ($22.90) // Skirt: Zara, similar here (shorter and above the knee) // Necklace: F21 here ($3.90)

Bow patent heelsDouble knob open bracelet

Lipstick: Dior, in the color “Rieuse” // Heels: Ann Taylor (only the blush pink color is available now) // Bracelet: F21, similar here from Overstock ($13.99)